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Loango Weaver - BirdForum Opus

Ploceus subpersonatus

Identification

15 cm.

Male

  • Black forehead, crown, lores and cheek, ending in a sharp line behind the eye and extending as rounded bib onto breast
  • Yellow-orange nape
  • Olive mantle and back with darker central streaks on some feathers
  • Olive rump with some buffy feathers
  • Oliive-green tail
  • Creamy-yellow underparts, yellow-orange around black bib and some orange wash on undertail-coverts
  • Pinkish or light brown legs

Females

  • No black on head
  • Entirely olivaceous-yellow upperparts, yellower on forehead and supercilium
  • Creamy-yellow underparts with orange wash on breast and undertail-coverts

Juveniles are duller than females and have a brown bill.

Distribution

Found in a narrow belt along the coast from Gabon south to Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola (Cabinda).
An uncommon and poorly known restricted-range species.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Dry forest, savanna, swamps, mangroves and secondary forest. All within 3 km of the coast.

Behaviour

Diet

No information available. Diet probably mainly insects as suggested by bill shape.
Forages skulking in vegetation.

Breeding

Breeding season spread along the year. The nest is retort shaped, similar to nests of Black-necked Weaver but with a shorter entrance tube. It's made of grass, dry leaves and thin and flexible stems.

Movements

Probably a sedentary species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Nov 2017)

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